UPDATE! The answer to the headline question has been found. The Announcement is in the August 16 issue of the paper.
This question arrived in email, and is related to a YouTube video from Lucas (Inspector) Smith. The claim is that the Nordyke twins (born at the same hospital reported as Obama’s birthplace and one day later) do not have a Honolulu newspaper announcement for them.
While the Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed that newspaper birth announcements, such as that for President Obama, came from the health department, the argument goes: if that’s true then were is the Nordyke announcement?
On the surface that looks like a good question, but like many of those tough sounding questions from the denialists, it has a flaw. How do I (and you) know that the Nordyke announcement is not in the Honolulu newspaper? Are we somehow supposed to take the word of con artist and forger Lucas Smith?
Barack Obama was born on August 4, his birth was registered on August 8 and his newspaper birth announcement appeared on August 13. Nordyke gave birth on August 5 and her twins were registered August 11. We don’t know how long the delay was between registration, batches to the Hawaii Newspaper Agency, distribution to the newspapers, and how often the newspapers ran them. In order to say with any certainty that the Nordyke twins were not announced in the newspaper, one would have to examine newspapers from August 11 to August 20 (and perhaps more).
The much more interesting question is that if the registration sequence I gave above is correct, then why is it that Obama’s birth certificate is numbered later (by 4) than the Nordyke’s. The short answer is that there is a lot we don’t know about the process. Back in 1961, before email and electronic data systems, we see that the Attendant at the Nordyke birth signed the paperwork on August 11, the Local Registrar accepted it August 11 and the Registrar General accepted it on August 11. That’s remarkably fast processing. This only makes sense to me if someone at the hospital is performing the local registrar’s role (quite likely) and also the Registrar General’s role (less likely except that this hospital was the primary maternity hospital in the state). It is plausible that the numbering matching, however, was not at the hospital but at the state office, and that the documents were simply not numbered in the order they were signed (easily possible).
However, with all that, we come around to the original question as to why Nordyke’s announcement (if it was close to Obama’s in the numbering pile at the state health department vital statistics office) wasn’t in the same newspaper.
I can think of several possibilities, none of which is fully satisfying:
- The Nordyke announcement really is in the same newspaper as Obama, but the copies available are too fuzzy to read.
- The routing of names to the newspapers is independent of the stacking for the numbering machine.
- Nordyke’s certificate happened to be at then beginning or end of a batch and got in a different days’ newspaper.
- Nordyke’s announcement was just lost somehow.
Other suggestions are welcome.
Now here is another question: what would Obama’s long-form birth certificate add to our information on this question? Nothing.